Manipur: Earthquake measuring 6.7 on Richter Scale, 6 dead over 50 injured

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An earthquake of moderate intensity rocked India’s northeastern states and adjoining Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan on Monday morning, officials said.

In India, six people died due to injuries and at least 50 people were injured in Imphal, where a building collapsed. Reports of injuries also came in from Siliguri district of West Bengal. The number of those injured is likely to rise. Two NDRF teams have been rushed to Imphal from Guwahati.

Power supply has been cut-off in Imphal and is yet to be restored.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee is scheduled to meet at 10.30 am to assess the situation. The NDMA is monitoring the situation and coordinating rescue efforts.

“The quake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 4.37 a.m and had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district bordering,” said an official of the regional seismological centre here in Meghalaya.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said that he had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh “who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake and asked him to oversee the situation.”

Teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been asked to move from Assam’s capital Guwahati to areas affected by the quake.

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